AXELSON, G. W.
Price: 250.00 USD
Chicago: Reilly & Lee, 1919. First edition. Contemporary biography of the Hall of Fame owner of the Chicago White Sox. Comiskey, a player of some repute in the 1880s and 90s, became one of the game's leading magnates and was influential in the formation of the American League. Ironically, this biography was published mere months before the downfall and disgraceof his team when eight players were banned forever from baseball for consiring to throw the 1919 World Series. Despite the laudatory tone of this biography, Comiskey's cheapness and ill-use of his players, such as Shoeless Joe Jackson, Eddie Cicotte, Chic Gandil and Swede Risberg, are thought to be a prime cause of the Series fix. Illustrated with photos. This is a tight, bright, clean copy (far better than usually found) whose only fault is a pair of light moisture spots on the spine. Lacking the rare dust jacket. First.